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Agony

AUGUST 3, 2000. TONALA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO. "Agony" After 15 hours aboard a freight train, Santo Antonio Gamay grips the railing of a box car as the train slows for an immigration checkpoint. I was on my stomach looking down when he leaned his head back and opened his mouth. All I could hear was squealing iron wheels and rumbling box cars. But his cruciform posture stunned me like an electric shock. I yelled to myself, "Push the shutter, push the shutter!" Before he jumped off the Honduran told me he was praying not be arrested a 3d time and deported to the Guatemala border. (Photograph by Don Bartletti)
Agony